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  1. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Competition? I would go for partnership, it appears that your wife has been paying attention to your hat work. Apprentice?
  2. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Beautiful hat Robert, Great job!
  3. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Thank you Brent. I am trying to improve on my hat work.
  4. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I re-worked my grey hat this week, took it down to the felt, re-blocked and then pounced the felt using 600, 800 and 1,000 grits, after I finished with the pouncing the hat feels lighter and softer to the touch. This what it looked like before pouncing: After pouncing I changed the hatband...
  5. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Wow, 51cm, I have seen some vintage hat blocks on Etsy that were small, I thought that the blocks were too small for adults and that the blocks must be for children and wouldn't need any of them, because they wear ball caps if they wear hats at all. Plus the other reason that I do not need any...
  6. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I recently re-worked one of my hats, I took my brown hat apart down to the felt hat body and gave it a complete work over. My brown hat started out as a camel color 160G pure rabbit fur felt that I purchased from the Milliner Warehouse. I decided to try and change the color a little, so I used...
  7. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Robert, you never fail to produce outstanding work, the work on the Borsalino and delivery was truly heart warming, you couldn't have handled that job any better, a thirty minute drive to make sure the client received the hat in time and hand deliver that is service you don't see or hear of any...
  8. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    That is a nice looking hat, good work. My wife really liked this hat, she said that's so cute, and she loved the idea of you and your wife working together on the hat.
  9. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Now that is funny, LOL. You could suggest that he could always sleep in his recliner.
  10. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Simply Beautiful work on your Lord's hat.
  11. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    That plastic conformateur is a strange looking contraption, it would be interesting to see it in use. I purchased one of the Flex Curves on Amazon that looked like a white 2 foot ruler, I sent it back because the lead core did not extend from end to end, I used it on my head and it was not long...
  12. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Those are two really nice looking hats. I like the Granite color, happens to be one of my favorite colors.
  13. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    Robert's love of hats shows in the hats that he makes and in his classroom, because his students are turning out some really nice hats too.
  14. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I watch that video about once a week, and every time that I watch it, I pick up something new, the last couple of times I turned up the volume to hear what Art was saying in the video, the machines that he was using were a little noisey. The ironing and sanding machines would come in handy, if I...
  15. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I am kind of new to hat making myself, but I will offer a little input here. The 120 ansd 220 is a bit to much for pouncing on fur felts, you might go with 400, 600 and 800 grits for pouncing. As for the uneven tones you will get that when pouncing your felts and sometimes you can spritz the hat...
  16. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I would say that there is a strong possibility that we will see a shortage in fur felts considering what Putin is doing in Europe. Putin is having a tantrum, so all of the neighboring countries have to suffer a bit and slow down on production.
  17. Darrell2688

    Wolfbrae Custom Hatters

    That is really a nice looking hat. Robert's work is outstanding, the best that I have seen in a long time.
  18. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    What type of material is that and how easy is it to work with? I have been looking at material to make liners and I have found some silk material, but have not ordered it, because I have two sewing machines in the house and both need some technical work, I tried my hand at fixing one, did some...
  19. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    All of the women in your class made some really nice hats, the telescope crown would be a challenge for me for sure, not sure that I would try that style. I am sure that you will have another classroom full of women for your next class.
  20. Darrell2688

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I think that we all get a bit nervous when cutting the brim down, I am always wondering if I am cutting the brim to much or not enough and if the blade is set to the right depth. I know how your fifth student feels, after all of the time and work that I put into my grey hat I am still not happy...

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